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Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to head up Disney Animation and Pixar

With John Lasseter due to depart The Walt Disney Company at the end of the year in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, it has been announced that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are set to serve as Chief Creative Officers for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios respectively.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two of the most gifted filmmakers and storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. “Pete, the genius creative force behind Up, Inside Out, and Monsters, Inc., has been an integral part of Pixar almost since the beginning and is a huge part of its industry-leading success. Jenn, in bringing her bold vision to the boundary-breaking Frozen, has helped infuse Disney Animation with a new and exciting perspective. Each of them embodies the unique spirit, culture, and values of these renowned animation studios, and
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End of an Era: Inside Pixar on the Eve of John Lasseter’s Departure

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End of an Era: Inside Pixar on the Eve of John Lasseter’s Departure
John Lasseter will leave Pixar Animation Studios in December, ending a 30-year tenure as the leading creative force behind one of the most critical and commercially successful film studios in the world.

He will exit a company he led from its earliest days as a spinoff from Lucasfilm, and one that has won 19 Academy Awards during his tenure.

“An era is over, you know?” one employee told TheWrap.

Last November, Lasseter took a six-month leave of absence from the company, acknowledging inappropriate hugging and “missteps” after some former Pixar employees accused him of unwelcome touching and presiding over a fraternity-like culture.

The circumstances of his departure have left mixed feelings on the insular, impeccably manicured Pixar campus in Emeryville, across the bay from San Francisco.

On Tuesday, Disney ended months of speculation over the future of Pixar and of Disney Animation Studios, which he also headed, by announcing that that two animation directors,
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Disney Animation, Pixar Setup New Leads Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter

The future of Disney's animated movies has been put in new hands. Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will now head up Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, respectively. This move from the Mouse House comes as John Lasseter, who helped make Pixar what it is today and has a tremendous track record as a visionary in the field of animation, will be making his exit from Disney at the end of the year. His pending departure follows an extended leave of absence as a result of multiple inappropriate behavior claims.

Jennifer Lee has been named Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lee got her start with the company as a co-writer of Wreck-It Ralph in 2011, but it was her work as director of Frozen, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and, beyond that, a true pop culture phenomenon, that helped
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Movie Talk: Unpacking the ‘Creed 2′ Trailer and That Bizarre ‘Gotti’ Marketing Stunt

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Jeff Sneider, and Perri Nemiroff discuss the following: MGM and Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Creed II starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. According to Variety, Disney increased its bid to acquire Fox to $71.3 billion in cash and stock. Fox said that the new deal is significantly better than Disney’s earlier offer and “is superior to the proposal made by the Comcast Corporation.” Disney announced that Animation executives Jennifer Lee and Peter Docter will split John Lasseter’s duties at Disney and Pixar. …
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Pete Docter And Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter As New Creative Heads Of Pixar

It’s not terribly surprising, but John Lasseter is stepping down at Disney/Pixar at the end of the year. After some allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct with some female employees, Lasseter had previously been on a leave of absence. Then, just recently, rumors swirled that Disney was trying to figure out just how to keep the Pixar creative mastermind on board. Well, apparently, that didn’t work out.

Read More: Disney Reportedly Interested In Bringing Pixar’s John Lasseter Back After Allegations

According to THR, Lasseter is stepping down and in his place is the combined force of Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee, who will become co-chief creative officers.

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Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Will Take Over John Lasseter's Duties at Disney and Pixar

With John Lasseter set to leave his post as Chief Creative Officer at Disney and Pixar Animation at the end of the year after sexual allegations against him arose, the studio has to fill his position with someone who would be able to transition into it smoothly. Well, Disney found two of them!

Jennifer Lee (Frozen) and Pete Docter (Inside Out) will split John Lasseter’s duties at Disney and Pixar as they move forward with the development of the many film projects that the studios have in the pipeline. Lee will be chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation and Docter will be chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios.

I think Disney made a smart decision here and I'm sure that these two talents will do great things in their new leadership positions. Both of them have a lot of experience with the studios.

Lee joined Walt Disney Animation Studios
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Disney, Pixar Tap 'Frozen,' 'Inside Out' Directors to Replace John Lasseter

Disney and Pixar announced that Frozen director Jennifer Lee and Inside Out director Pete Docter will replace chief creative officer John Lasseter, who was accused of making unwanted advances towards female employees and will leave Pixar at the end of the year, Variety reports.

Lee and Docter will split Lasseter's duties, with Lee being named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, while Docter will serve as chief creative officer at Pixar.

"Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers,
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Disney Animation and Pixar Replace John Lasseter Following Scandal

The future of Disney animated movies has been put in new hands. Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will now head up Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, respectively. This move from the Mouse House comes as John Lasseter, who helped make Pixar what it is today and has a tremendous track record as a visionary in the field of animation, will be making his exit from Disney at the end of the year. His pending departure follows an extended leave of absence as a result of multiple inappropriate behavior claims.

Jennifer Lee has been named Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lee got her start with the company as a co-writer of Wreck-It Ralph in 2011, but it was her work as director of Frozen, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and, beyond that, a true pop culture phenomenon, that helped cement
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Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter

Pixar/Disney Will Be in Good Hands as Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Replace John Lasseter
The John Lasseter era is really over at Pixar and Disney with Tuesday’s promotions of Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee as chief creative officers of the respective animation studios. They’ve been the frontrunners all along to succeed Lasseter (set to leave Disney and Pixar at year’s end after allegations of workplace sexual harassment), and they are great choices. We can expect smooth transitions and likely success at Pixar and Disney along with better morale, improved workplace conditions, and, hopefully, greater advancement opportunities for women.

Docter was one of Pixar’s first employees, joining the studio in 1990 during the production of “Toy Story,” and the director of “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Oscar-winning “Up” and “Inside Out.” He’s a consummate animator and storyteller: warm, sensitive, funny, and a risk taker. He’s beloved at Pixar (a valued member of the Brain Trust), and has learned well from both
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Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee to lead Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

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John Lasseter stepped away from both Pixar and Disney last year after he admitted that he had committed unspecified "missteps" that left some employees feeling "disrespected or uncomfortable," and it was announced earlier this month that Lasseter will have a consulting role with the company until he exits for good at the end of the year. Disney has now... Read More...
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Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to head Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar

Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to head Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar
Outgoing John Lasseter will depart Disney on December 31.

As expected, Disney has named Jennifer Lee head of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pete Docter head of Pixar in the wake of the John Lasseter controversy.

Both executives are named chief creative officer in their respective roles and report to The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

The succession comes after Disney announced it was letting go of Lasseter following allegations of improper behaviour towards women. The former Disney animation chief will leave the studio on December 31 after a six-month transitional stint as consultant.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two
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Jennifer Lee, Peter Docter to head Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar

Jennifer Lee, Peter Docter to head Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar
Outgoing John Lasseter will depart Disney on December 31.

As expected, Disney has named Jennifer Lee head of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pete Docter head of Pixar in the wake of the John Lasseter controversy.

Both executives are named chief creative officer in their respective roles and report to The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

The succession comes after Disney announced it was letting go of Lasseter following allegations of improper behaviour towards women. The former Disney animation chief will leave the studio on December 31 after a six-month transitional stint as consultant.

“Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are two
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Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to Replace John Lasseter as Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officers

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn announced Tuesday that two animated film Oscar winners will succeed John Lasseter, set to leave Disney and Pixar at the year’s end. Lasseter served as the longtime Chief Creative Officer of both companies’ animation studios before allegations of workplace sexual harassment led him to take a six-month sabbatical in late November. Through December 31, he will retain a consulting role.

Lasseter’s post has been split in two, IndieWire confirms. Jennifer Lee — writer-director of the “Frozen” franchise, as well as the scribe behind “Wreck-It Ralph” and “A Wrinkle in Time” — will lead Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney released “Incredibles 2” on Friday, and the film’s $180 million opening weekend was the largest ever for an animated film.

“Animation is the most collaborative art form in the world, and it is with the partnership of my fellow filmmakers, artists, and innovators that we look ahead to the future,
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Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter Will Replace John Lasseter at Disney and Pixar

Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter Will Replace John Lasseter at Disney and Pixar
It’s official: Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are replacing John Lasseter at Disney and Pixar, respectively. Lasseter, a long-standing creative force at Disney, is stepping down in light of possible misconduct allegations. Lee and Docter were previously announced as interim replacements for Lasseter, but now it appears their new roles will be permanent. Multiple outlets […]

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Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter to Replace John Lasseter at Disney Animation and Pixar

There's a changing of the guard over at the Mouse House. With former Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter exiting his position at both Walt Disney Animation and Pixar, some high-profile names are stepping in to fill the void in the executive roles, splitting Lasseter's former duties. Now, Jennifer Lee will take on the position of Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios while Pete Docter will be Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. This doesn't come as a surprise considering that Lee and Docter were reported to be taking on extra duties at their …
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Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Run Disney Animation, Pixar

Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Run Disney Animation, Pixar
Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will split John Lasseter’s duties at Disney, as the studio’s animation division tries to move forward after the tumultuous departure of its leading creative force.

Lee, the director of “Frozen,” has been named chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, while Docter, the director of “Inside Out,” has been tapped as chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios. Both had been rumored to be in the running to assume those roles.

Despite being credited with reviving Disney’s animation offerings and helping create film classics such as “Up” and “The Incredibles,” Lasseter is leaving the company under a cloud. Last fall, he took an extended sabbatical after allegations broke that he engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior. Earlier this month, Disney announced that Lasseter would leave the studio at the end of the year. He is consulting for Disney, but will not have
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Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Head Walt Disney Animation In Wake Of John Lasseter’s Scheduled Exit

Pete Docter To Lead Pixar, Jennifer Lee To Head Walt Disney Animation In Wake Of John Lasseter’s Scheduled Exit
In the wake of Disney’s announcement that its animation chief John Lasseter would be exiting by year-end after a number of misconduct accusations, the studio has named Frozen Oscar winner Jennifer Lee as Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and two-time Oscar winner of Up and Inside Out Pete Docter as Chief Creative Officer, Pixar Animation Studios. “They will have responsibility for the creative oversight of all films and associated projects of their…
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Pete Docter, Jennifer Lee to Lead Pixar, Disney Animation

Pete Docter, Jennifer Lee to Lead Pixar, Disney Animation
Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee have been named a chief creative officers of Disney’s animation divisions, with Docter stepping up at Pixar Animation Studios, where he has directed such films as Up and Inside Out, and Lee heading up Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she wrote Frozen.

The two will succeed John Lasseter, who has stepped down from his role as chief creative officer, overseeing both animation studios, after admitting last year that he had committed unspecified "missteps" that left some employees feeling "disrespected or uncomfortable."

Disney announced Tuesday that the Docter and Lee "will have creative oversight of ...
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Is the Era of the Superstar Media Executive Over?

Pay attention to what’s happening at At&T as it takes charge of WarnerMedia, the TV and movie businesses formerly known as Time Warner. In addition to changing names and leaders — with telco vet John Stankey replacing Jeff Bewkes, who’s now a “senior adviser” — you’ll see a different leadership model that’s about to become the industry norm.

The sun is setting on superstar CEOs including Disney’s Bob Iger, CBSLeslie Moonves, and Fox’s Rupert Murdoch — thought to be indispensable due to their abilities to identify popular infotainment, attract creative people, or craft strategically savvy deals.

They’ll be replaced by less flashy executives who’ve mastered comparatively mundane, but important, management skills: building efficient teams and workflows, and meeting budgets. Consider it a victory for process over personality.

As the media business becomes more competitive, and stock prices decline, investors and the public are discovering
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Cinemaholics #69: Incredibles 2 Review

It’s showtime for Incredibles 2, the latest Pixar film directed by Brad Bird. After 14 years of waiting, this is one sequel with quite a lot of hype to live up to, so listen to this week’s Cinemaholics to find out where we stand on it. Special guest Skyler Shuler of The DCast joins us as well for a super-detailed (and spoiler-free) breakdown of everyone’s favorite superhero family’s second big screen outing.

But before we get into the featured review, there’s some quick talk about the John Lasseter controversy at Pixar, followed by a spoiler-free discussion of Bao, the new Pixar short film that plays before Incredibles 2. Later in the show, meanwhile, we cover a ton of Mini Reviews, starting with Tag, the “inspired by a true story” action comedy about a group of friends who’ve been playing the same game of “tag” for 30 years.
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